Runoff between 2 not 4 in Agouza and Dokki's 'celebrity constituency'

Ahram Online , Wednesday 21 Oct 2015

Ahmed Mortada Mansour and Amr El-Shobaki will compete for the second available seat in the constituency after Abdel-Rehim Ali won the other

Shobaki and Amr Ahmed Morteza (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Ahmed Mortada Mansour and Amr El-Shobaki are set to compete in a runoff for the remaining spot on the individual-system seats in the Dokki and Agouza constituency of Giza in the first phase of Egypt's parliamentary elections, which contradicts official prelimenary numbers suggesting a four-person runoff in the district.

Egypt's High Elections Committee (HEC) announced on Wednesday that Abdel-Rehim Ali has secured one of the two seats reserved for independents in the district.

The HEC had announced on Monday that Ali received 45,490 votes, followed by Mansour with 24,607, El-Shobaki with 19,638 and Sayed Gohar with 10,853 votes. The figures suggested that no one candidate won an absolute majority in the district, thus making a four-way runoff imminent.

However, tallies of ballots finalised late on Monday showed that Ali garnered more than the 50 percent necessary to make it to parliament without a runoff.

The constituency has been described as the "celebrity constituency" due to competition between four well-known public figures.

Ali is a controversial TV host known for his anti- 25-January Revolution stances. Mansour is the son of the Zamalek Club chairman and sits on the board, El-Shobaki is a renowned liberal political scientist who sat in the 2011 parliament and Gohar is a former-NDP MP who had occupied the Dokki and Agouza seat for 20 years.

The run-off will take place on 27 and 28 October.

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